Curriculum Vitae

Download my CV: IsomRachael_CV_Sept2019.

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENT

2019-present: Assistant Professor of British Literature; Department of English, Philosophy, & World Languages; Arkansas State University

EDUCATION

2019: Ph.D., English, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Expected May 2019; Dissertation: “The Female Enthusiast: Nineteenth-Century Women and the Poetics of Inspiration,” Director: Professor Jeanne Moskal

2013: M.A., English Literature, Murray State University, May 2013

2011: B.A., English Literature, Murray State University, May 2011

PUBLICATIONS

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

2019

“The Romanticism of Elizabeth Barrett’s Juvenile Poetics,” Journal of Juvenilia Studies 2.1 (2019): 28-45.

“Prophetic Poetics and Enthusiasm in Mary Shelley’s Valperga,” Studies in Romanticism 58.1 (2019): 51-76.

2018

“John Watson Dalby’s Poetic Reception of Mary Shelley’s Valperga,” Keats-Shelley Review 32.1 (2018): 11-16.

“‘Do you think I can’t read between the lines?’: Discourse of the Unsaid in J. M. Coetzee’s Diary of a Bad Year,” The Journal of Commonwealth Literature 53.1 (2018): 7-20.

2016

“‘Habituat[ing] to Reflection’: Hannah More’s Romantic Novel,” Essays in Romanticism 23.1 (2016): 95-112.

2014

“Caroline Fry’s Death, and Other Poems in Conversation with the Night Thoughts of Edward Young,” New Perspectives on the Eighteenth Century 2.1 (2014): 63-74.

Book Chapter

 2020

“‘With Faithful Pencil’: Pastoral and Picturesque Composition in Beachy Head,” in Placing Charlotte Smith, ed. Jacqueline M. Labbe and Elizabeth A. Dolan (Lehigh University Press), forthcoming.

Reference Articles

 2020

The Remorseless Assassin; or The Dangers of Enthusiasm,” in Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820, ed. April London (Cambridge University Press), forthcoming.

Theodore; Or, The Enthusiast. In Four Volumes,” in Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820, ed. April London (Cambridge University Press), forthcoming.

Works in Progress

Aurora Leigh and the Preservation of Romantic Female Enthusiasm,” article manuscript under review.

“‘Renown’d in Song’: Minstrelsy and Genius in the Early Poems of Felicia Hemans,” in progress.

HONORS and GRANTS

2019

Dougald McMillan Prize for the Best Dissertation defended and filed in Academic Year 2018-2019, Department of English and Comparative Literature, UNC

2019

Fred and Joan Thomson Award for Outstanding Work on a Dissertation in 18th- or 19th-Century British Literature, Department of English and Comparative Literature, UNC

2018-19

W. M. Keck Foundation Short-Term Research Fellowship, The Huntington Library

Visiting Scholar Fellowship, Armstrong Browning Library, Baylor University (blog post HERE)

Short-Term Research Fellowship, New York Public Library

Maynard Adams Fellowship for the Public Humanities, Carolina Public Humanities, UNC

Dean’s Graduate Fellowship, College of Arts & Sciences, UNC

2018

Fred and Joan Thomson Award for Outstanding Work on a Dissertation in 18th– or 19th-Century British Literature, Department of English and Comparative Literature, UNC

GPSF Travel Award, Graduate and Professional Student Federation, UNC

2017

Evan Frankel Dissertation Fellowship, Department of English and Comparative Literature, UNC

NAVSA Travel Grant, North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA)

DHSI Tuition Scholarship, “XML: Applications for Historical and Literary Research,” Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria

2016-

Frank Porter Graham Graduate and Professional Student Honor Society, UNC

2015      

Doris Betts Award for Excellence in Teaching First-Year Composition, Writing Program, UNC

 2012-13

Graduate Innovation Assistantship, Committee for Institutional Studies and Research, Office of the Provost, Murray State University

CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

Papers Presented

2020

Memoirs of Eminent Female Writers: The Feminist Bi(bli)ography of Anna Maria Lee,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), St. Louis, MO, upcoming March 2020

2019

“Dramatizing Enthusiasm: L. E. L.’s Later Monologues,” North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA), Columbus, OH, October 2019

2018

“‘The Christian Saint and the Heathen Priestess’: Revisiting Religious Contact in Sydney Owenson’s The Missionary,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, March 2018.

2017

“Preserving the Female Enthusiast in Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Aurora Leigh,” North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) Conference, Banff, AB, November 2017.

“Enthusiasm and Dramatic Monologue in L.E.L.’s The Improvisatrice (1824),” British Women Writers Conference (BWWC), Chapel Hill, NC, June 2017.

“Campus History goes Digital: Annotating a 19th-Century Scrapbook in First-Year Composition,” Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP), Victoria, BC, June 2017.

2016

“Enthusiasm, Repression, and the “Darkened Mind” in Sydney Owenson’s The Missionary,” International Conference on Romanticism (ICR), Colorado Springs, CO, October 2016.

 “Making a ‘Sylvan Scene’: Charlotte Smith’s Pastoral Reflections in Beachy Head,” British Women Writers Conference (BWWC), Athens, GA, June 2016.

2015

“Literary and Cultural Reproduction in the Johnstone Family Miscellanea,” South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) 87, Durham, NC, November 2015.

“‘On Reading a Line of Lord Byron’s’: Caroline Fry’s Response to The Giaour,” International Conference on Romanticism (ICR), Park City, UT, October 2015.

2014

“‘Habituat[ing] to Reflection’: Hannah More’s Evangelical Take on the Romantic Novel,” International Conference on Romanticism (ICR), Minneapolis, MN, September 2014.

 The Assistant of Education: Caroline Fry’s Comprehensive Approach to Texts ‘Intended for the Use of Young Persons,’” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) Conference, Washington, DC, July 2014.

“Caroline Fry’s Romantic ‘Reflecting Glass’: Social and Religious Examination in The Listener,” British Women Writers Conference (BWWC), Binghamton, NY, June 2014.

“Mary Robinson: Marketing the Woman Poet and ‘Literary Performance,’” 40th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SEASECS), Knoxville, TN, March 2014.

2013

“Caroline Fry’s Death, and Other Poems in Conversation with the Night Thoughts of Edward Young,” 39th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SEASECS), Charleston, SC, March 2013.

2012

“The Religious, Literary, and Historical Landmarks of Caroline Fry and Serious Poetry,” British Women Writers Conference (BWWC), Boulder, CO, June 2012.

Campus and Community Talks

2018

“‘Do not imagine that I often read novels’; or, Dangerous Fiction and the Regency Reader,” Northanger Abbey and Frankenstein: 200 Years of Horror, Jane Austen Summer Program, University of North Carolina, June 2018Video HERE. Handout: Isom_JASP2018handout.

 “Tracing Female Enthusiasm in Mary Shelley’s Valperga,” ENGL 841: Graduate Seminar on Romanticism in England: Mary Shelley & the Bicentenary of Frankenstein, University of North Carolina, April 2018.

Curated Exhibitions

2017

“‘Records of Woman’: A Special Exhibition of Rare Books for the 2017 British Women Writers Conference,” co-curated with Kelli M. Holt, June 2017, Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library, University of North Carolina; Abstract and label texts HERE.

2016

Mansfield Park: Texts and Contexts,” a Special Rare-Book Exhibition for the 2016 Jane Austen Summer Program, co-curated with Taras V. Mikhailiuk, June 2016, Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library, University of North Carolina; Blog post HERE.

2015

“Emma at 200,” a Special Rare-Book Exhibit for the 2015 Jane Austen Summer Program, co-curated with Ted Scheinman, June 2015, Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library, University of North Carolina; Blog post HERE.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

2019

Adobe EduMAX and Adobe MAX Conferences, Los Angeles, November 2019 (upcoming); Veronica Belmont, Verna Bhargava, and Lisa Boghosian, “Adobe Spark: Creating Thumb-Stopping Social Content in Minutes” (75-minute session); Amy Hood and Jennifer Hood, “Designing with Type in InDesign” (75-minute session); Terry White, “Lightroom or Photoshop: When to Use Which” (75-minute session)

2017

Rare Book School, Library of Congress, July 2017, Mark Dimunation and Michael F. Suarez, “H-100: The Eighteenth-Century Book” (week-long course)

Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria, June 2017, Jonathan Martin and Scott Paul McGinnis, “XML: Applications for Historical and Literary Research” (week-long course); Lara Wilson and Heather Dean, “Archives for Digital Humanists” (one-day workshop)

2016

Digital Mitford Coding School, University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg, June 2016 (four-day course); Elisa Beshero-Bondar, Editor of Digital Mitford: The Mary Russell Mitford ArchiveTopics included XML, XPath, regular expressions, Schematron, and the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI)

TEACHING

Assistant Professor, Arkansas State University

Department of English, Philosophy, & World Languages

Undergraduate Courses Designed and Taught (3 sections, 2 different courses)

2020      Women Writers: Authorship and Vocation (ENG 4453 and 4454H, WGS 4453), British Literature since 1800 (ENG 3263), World Literature since 160 (ENG 2013)

2019      Modern British Literature (ENG 4283), World Literature since 1660 (ENG 2013), 2 sections

Graduate Course Designed and Taught

2020      Women Writers: Authorship and Vocation (ENG 5473), upcoming

2019      Modern British Literature (ENG 5283)

Graduate Teaching Fellow, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Department of English and Comparative Literature

Courses Designed and Taught (10 sections, 4 different courses)

2019       Writing in the Humanities (ENGL 105i, Honors)

2018       Introduction to Fiction (ENGL 123)

2017       First-year Composition (ENGL 105)

2016       Introduction to Poetry (ENGL 125), Course Website HERE.

2016       First-year Composition (ENGL 105)

2013-15  First-year Composition (ENGL 105)

Course Assisted (2 sections)

2015       19th-Century British Novel (ENGL 338), Laurie Langbauer

Graduate Research Consultant, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Office of Undergraduate Research

Courses Consulted (5 sections, 4 different courses)

2018       Approaches to Drama: PlayMakers Repertory Company (ENGL 274), Laurie Langbauer

2017       Transnational Romanticism (CMPL 460), Janice Koelb

2016       Approaches to Drama: Regional Theater (ENGL 274), Laurie Langbauer and Susan Irons

2016       Romanticism and Film (ENGL 143), Jeanne Moskal

2015       Transnational Romanticism (CMPL 460), Janice Koelb, Blog post HERE.

2014       Nineteenth-Century Women Writers (ENGL 438), Jeanne Moskal, Blog post HERE.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Murray State University, Department of English and Philosophy

Courses Designed and Taught (3 sections, 2 different courses)

2012-13  First-Year Composition (ENG 105)

2012       Basic Writing (ENG 100)

Course Assisted (2 sections)

2011    Basic Writing (ENG 100), Misty Evans and Nancy Phillips

SERVICE

Professional Service

2015-19     Project Assistant, The William Blake Archive

Blog Posts (available from blog.blakearchive.org):

2017       Steering Committee Member, 25th annual British Women Writers Conference

2017-19  Managing Editor, Keats-Shelley Journal

2015-17  Assistant Editor, Keats-Shelley Journal

2014-15  Editorial Intern, Keats-Shelley Journal

Campus Service

2018

Graduate Assistant, Humanities for the Public Good Initiative, College of Arts and Sciences, UNC Supervisor: Robyn Schroeder

Presenter and Transportation Committee Member, Jane Austen Summer Program, UNC

2017

Panel Moderator, 18th Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research, Office for Undergraduate Research, Frank Porter Graham Student Union, April 2017

Invited Contributor, Adobe Modules Teaching Project, UNC Writing Program

2016-18

Peer Mentoring Committee Member (Classroom Observation), UNC Writing Program

2016-17

Vice President, Frank Porter Graham Graduate and Professional Student Honor Society, UNC

Transportation Chair and Discussion Leader, Jane Austen Summer Program, UNC

2015-16

Rare Book Exhibit Curator, Jane Austen Summer Program, UNC

2014-15

Registration Staff Member, Jane Austen Summer Program, UNC

2011-13

Writing Center Consultant, Racer Writing Center, Murray State University, Director: Jeffrey Osborne, Department of English and Philosophy

ADVOCACY TRAINING

Green Zone: A-State, September 2019; UNC, March 2017

HAVEN (Helping Advocates for Violence Ending Now): UNC, September 2018, February 2015

Safe Zone: UNC, April 2017         

AFFILIATIONS

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS)

British Women Writers Association (BWWC)

International Conference on Romanticism (ICR)

Modern Language Association (MLA)

North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR)

North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA)

Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP)

South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)

Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SEASECS)

Victorian Poetry Caucus (affiliated with NAVSA)

LANGUAGES

Spanish: Intermediate reading, writing, and speaking proficiency

French: Basic reading proficiency

REFERENCES

Available upon request.